A private hospital in Melbourne’s east is set to be transformed into a public surgery centre in an attempt to clear a post-restrictions backlog.
The move will see the Bellbird Private Hospital in Blackburn turned into the Blackburn Public Surgical Centre, according to Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews.
“We have a clear plan to support our nurses, doctors and paramedics to deliver the best care for their patients with major boosts to hospitals, increased support for our health workforce and more home-based services,” he said.
“The dedicated Blackburn Public Surgical Centre will mean more patients get the care they need, close to home.”
The new centre will help more than 5700 Victorians receive surgical care each year once it’s opened later in 2022.
The centre will be operated by Eastern Health and consist of four operating theatres, a 10-bed day procedure unit, 48 inpatient beds and offer a range of services including gynaecology and general surgery.
All 95 staff members at Bellbird Private Hospital will be offered roles similar to their current positions at the new facility.
The state government announced a similar plan for Frankston Private Hospital, which will transition into a public health service in September.
Once fully operational, the two facilities will deliver close to 15,000 surgeries each year.